The UNLV Soil Analyses Laboratory
supports soil genesis, geomorphology and ecology research through
characterization of soils using basic physical and chemical
The laboratory has
standard wet/dry-chemistry facilities to analyze soil particle size,
pH, EC, organic matter, percent gypsum, calcium carbonate content,
exchangeable ions, extractable acidity, organic matter
determination, Olsen-P, nitrate, ammonium, S, sulfate, XRD and SEM
analysis, as well as epoxy equipment for making soil thin sections.
The laboratory is
capable of running most standard NRCS Soil Survey Laboratory
a Barnsted E-Pure millipure water system, Milestone Ethos microwave
digestor, Damon/IEC HN-SII centrifuge, MAVCO mechanical vacuum
extractor, Tyler sieve shaker, benchtop shaker bench, drying ovens,
Perkin Elmer AA400, Leica GZ7 microscope, Ohause scales (2), Beckman
pH meter, and Accumet EC meter.
available includes: standard petrographic microscopes with
point-counting teaching arm and digital camera-capabilities, sieves,
scales, ultrasonic cleaners, mortars and pestles, sodium
polytungstate for density separations, and heavy mineral separator
equipment. In addition, the laboratory has full field equipment
capabilities and a chain saw.